Monday, March 23, 2009


Warner Bros is opening their film vault. Warner Bros has produced over 6,800 theatrical films but only a little over 1,000 films are available on DVD. Warner Archive is here to change all that, offering many unavailable titles for the first time on DVD.

And one of those titles is the 1939 film, On Borrowed Time. On Borrowed Time stars Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi and Cedric Hardwicke. Barrymore plays Julian Northrup, a wheelchair-bound grandfather, who with his wife Nellie, are raising their orphaned grandson, Pud. Julian is worried about his grandson's future and the scheming aunt who seeks Pud's custody and his inheritance. One day Mr. Brink, aka Death, arrives to take Julian "to the land where the woodbine twineth." Julian tricks Mr. Brink and confines him to the top of an old apple tree, giving him extra time to ensure a safe and happy future for Pud.

I saw this movie for the first time with my dad and I still remember how much we enjoyed it. It's a funny, sweet film. Sure it's corny and dated but it's still a gem. Few films have ever shown how death is a necessary part of life.

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